Scarce cdv Civil War Political Satire photograph of a Thomas Nash cartoon poking fun at General George McClellan of the Union Army. Artwork is signed Thomas Nash 1863 and was published by the New York Photographic Company. This image was part of a a series of harsh Nash cartoons published by this company during the war. This particular image number 75, is intitled; "Commander-in-Chief."
Although the majority of modern authorities assess McClellan as a poor battlefield general, a small but vocal faction of historians maintain that he was a highly capable commander, but his reputation suffered unfairly at the hands of pro-Lincoln partisans who needed a scapegoat for the Union's setbacks. His legacy therefore defies easy categorization. After the war, Ulysses S. Grant was asked to evaluate McClellan as a general. He replied, "McClellan is to me one of the mysteries of the war."
Thomas Nash a supporter of Lincoln, was brutally critical about McClellan a fact McClellan never forgot.
Item ID: 1625
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